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"Prepared to Move" (Spanish)

Head Note: Lee was appointed the U.S. Consul-General in Havana, Cuba in 1896 by President Grover Cleveland. He wrote this letter to the Assistant Secretary of State in the U.S almost three months before the Maine explosion.

SEÑOR: ...

Aún creo que un mínimo de dos buques de guerra debe estar en el Cayo del Oeste, listos para moverse rápidamente, y que más de ellos deben enviarse a Tortugas Secas, y que debe establecerse en el mismo lugar una estación de carbón. Tales acciones parecerían concordar con la prudencia y la previsión necesarias para proporcionarles seguridad a los americanos que radican en la isla y a sus propriedades, ambos de los cuales, tengo toda confianza de saber, son los objetos de mayor preocupación de nuestro gobierno.

Soy, etc.,

FITZHUGH LEE,

Consul-General.

Source: Excerpt from telegram sent by Fitzhugh Lee, U.S. Consul-General in Cuba, December 3, 1897. Havana, Cuba.